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Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

Limitations:
In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Satazius2011WindowsAstro Port3.91
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team1990NES, WiiNatsume, Inc.3.53
Scion1984Arcade, MSXSeibu Denshi2.25
Scorpio1988AmigaKingsoft GmbH...
Scorpius1991Sharp X68000Shinseisha...
Scram 201983VIC-20Artic Computing Ltd2.40
Scramble1981Arcade, Commodore 64, Tomy Tutor, Vectrex, Xbox 360GCE3.63
Scramble Eggs1983MSXAmple Software...
Scramble Spirits1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.2.77
Screaming Wings1986Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Atari STRed Rat Software Ltd1.80
SD Gundam: Over Galaxian1996PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
Section-Z1985Arcade, NES, PlayStation 3, Windows Mobile, Xbox 360Capcom Entertainment, Inc.2.65
Seek and Destroy1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.63
Seicross1984Arcade, NES, WiiFCI2.80
Seireisenshi Spriggan1991TurboGrafx CD, WiiNaxat Soft3.00
Sexy Parodius1996Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnKonami Co., Ltd.3.96
Shark1989Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumPlayers Software3.36
Shmup2014Atari 8-bit2.00
Shoot 'em up Construction Kit 1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Avantage Software...
Siberian Strike2009iPhoneGameloft S.A....
Siberian Strike: Episode II2003J2MEGameloft S.A.2.25
Side Arms Hyper Dyne1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, PlayStation 3, TurboGrafx-16, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.31
SideWinder1988Amiga, Atari ST, PC BooterArcadia Systems, Inc.3.60
Silkworm1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumAmerican Sammy Corporation2.89
Silver Surfer1990NESArcadia Systems, Inc.2.81
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Selected Covers

Scramble Spirits Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Scramble Spirits
Scramble Vectrex Front Cover
Front cover for Scramble
Satazius Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Satazius
Seicross NES Front Cover
Front cover for Seicross
Siberian Strike iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for Siberian Strike

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Scramble Spirits
Title screen
Screenshot from Scramble
Title screen
Screenshot from Scorpius
North American Title Screen
Screenshot from Seicross
Title screen
Screenshot from Shark